Russian tea is a delicious orange beverage that has gained its name from Russia’s popularity. This beverage is traditionally made with black tea leaves, lemon and sugar. The elite Russians first enjoyed it in the 19th century. Russian tea was ingrained in society and culture in the same way that sweet tea is in the American south.
The modern-day version of the drink includes rum and powdered mix. Mixes most commonly include the lemonade, Tang orange drink mixture, and cool-aid instant tee powder. Vitamin C is a key ingredient in tea, providing a refreshing taste and health benefits.
We have created our Russian Tea recipe. We use our English Breakfast Black tea to create a deliciously tangy flavor. We then blend it with spices to make it even more delicious.
Iced Russian tea recipe
It takes approximately 10 minutes
- 12 oz water
- 2 Tablespoon Keemun
- 1 cinnamon stick, 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves, or 2 whole cloves
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- Orange wedges for garnish
1. Bring the water to a boil. After that, steep the tea, cinnamon, cloves, and water in hot water for five minutes.
2. Use a fine mesh strainer to remove the spices and tea.
3. Mix the honey with boiling water. Stir to combine.
4. Add in the pineapple and orange juice. If you like, taste and adjust the honey.
5. To serve, chill and add an orange wedge to ice.
Russian tea can be enjoyed hot or cold, depending on how you prefer it. The tea is very popular in Russia during winter to warm cold bones. Use hot water to brew your tea leaves. Coldwater won’t give you the best flavor. For iced tea, always use hot water.
You can make a natural caffeine-free version of this drink by using our Rooibos tea leaves instead.
You can alter the recipes to suit your taste preferences by simply changing the juice flavor. Orange juice can be substituted for lemon juice to achieve a tarter taste. You can substitute the juice ingredients for a ready-made Russian tea mixture if you are in a rush. You can substitute the honey for one cup of sugar if you prefer a vegan option.
Russian Flavors A Step Further
Do you want to enjoy the exquisite Russian flavor? This Russian Tea recipe is simple and delicious. This recipe will please everyone, from your mother-in-law to your car club members. It’s half the caffeine of a cup of coffee and can be served hot in the morning as a quick fix. You can also chill the beverage to cool down in the summer months.
You can take the original recipe and make it even more delicious by pairing it with delicious dishes like Russian syrniki, cheese pancakes made with Russian cheese or teacakes with nuts. This drink recipe can be served alongside slow cooker dinners such as Russian Plov, a hearty chicken and rice dish.